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The Cabin in the Woods

The wolf's head was covered in a fine dusting of powdered sugar. This served two purposes - first, to give it an aged, "dusty" look, and second, to make the prop taste better when one of the characters "makes out" with it.

The film was completed in 2009, but release was postponed until 2012. The official explanation was because Lionsgate wanted to spend an extra year or two post-converting the film into 3D. It was also speculated that the film was postponed partially because actor Chris Hemsworth and co-writer Joss Whedon would subsequently work on several films in the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" (with Hemsworth starring in "Thor" and "The Avengers", and Whedon directing "The Avengers"), and Lionsgate was hoping that their increased public awareness would boost box-office numbers and DVD/Blu-Ray sales.

In addition to the many on-screen references to horror films, Jodelle Ferland (who portrays the zombie "Patience Buckner") appeared in the horror-film "Silent Hill", giving the movie yet another significant connection to horror films throughout history.

Actual "Cannabis Experts" were brought in to consult with actor Fran Kranz, so he could properly portray a convincing stoner in the film.

The bong that could be cleverly disguised as a coffee mug actually was completely functional, and could both be used as an actual bong and mug. The production amusingly spent several thousand dollars making the prop.

Fran Kranz, who plays stoner Marty, had to wear baggy clothing for his role in the film, as the filmmakers realized he was incredibly fit, and didn't quite look the part of the lanky, somewhat meek stoner he was playing. The scene where the characters go swimming at the lake actually had to be re-written so his character wouldn't go swimming as originally planned, as Franz was in such good shape he looked as good, if not better, than the other male actors.

One of the creatures glimpsed jumping out of the lift is one of the small monsters which attack people in the subway in "Cloverfield". The director of this movie, Drew Goddard, wrote Cloverfield.

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The movie pays tribute to many famous horror movie monsters. The creature with the Buzz-Saws in its head with the Puzzle Orb is based off PinHead. Once it's free, you can see a Chatterbox-influenced cenobyte standing next to it. The people with ceramic masks who tie up and torture the scientists are based off The Strangers. The psychotic clown with the knife can either be seen as a tribute to PennyWise or Killer Clowns from Other Space. The massive killer bat is obviously from the movie BATS. A chainsaw can be heard as the different monitors are showing the slaughter - indicating LeatherFace. The ghoul-doctors operating on a victim while staring into the camera is based off House on Haunted Hill. The Red-Neck zombies brought to life through an incantation from a book is a tribute from The Evil Dead. The Scare-Crow-like zombies who kill the black security guard are based off of the movie ScareCrow.

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The two creepy girls from The Shining are in one of the various elevators.

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The Director: This is all most unpleasant. I know you can hear me. I hope you'll listen. You won't get out of this complex alive. What I want you to try to understand is that you mustn't. Your deaths will avert countless others. You've seen horrible things: an army of nightmare creatures. And they are real. But they are nothing compared to what lies beneath us. There is a greater good, and for that you must be sacrificed. Forgive us... And let us end it quickly.

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When Curt is reversing the van from the crumbling tunnel, he's shown sticking his head out the window, then looking forward and again with his head out the window in the same shot.

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